Flashcards on Literary Devices

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What is a metaphor?

A comparison between two unlike things without using 'like' or 'as.'

What is a simile?

A comparison between two unlike things using 'like' or 'as.'

What is personification?

Giving human qualities to non-human things.

What is alliteration?

The repetition of initial consonant sounds.

What is an onomatopoeia?

A word that imitates a sound.

What is imagery?

A sensory description that creates vivid mental images.

What is irony?

A contrast between what is expected and what actually happens.

What is a symbol?

An object or element that represents a deeper meaning.

What is foreshadowing?

A hint or clue about future events in a story.

What is flashback?

A scene or event from the past inserted into the present narrative.

What is characterization?

The process of revealing the personality of a character.

What is a plot?

The sequence of events in a story.

What is a setting?

The time and place in which a story takes place.

What is theme?

The main idea or underlying meaning of a literary work.

What is point of view?

The perspective from which a story is told.

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Which of the following is an example of a metaphor?



What literary device is used in the sentence: 'She sells seashells by the seashore'?



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Which literary device is used in the sentence: 'Once upon a time...'



What is the main purpose of characterization in a story?



What is the main purpose of a plot in a story?



What literary device is used in the sentence: 'It was a dark and stormy night'?



What is the main purpose of irony in a literary work?



What is the main purpose of point of view in a narrative?




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